Collagen’s popularity has grown enormously in recent years. Collagen makes up eighty per cent of human skin and works together with the protein elastin, to keep our skin elastic and taut.
As our bodies age, natural collagen production slows, leading to wrinkles and lines.
Skin with less collagen is drier, and this effect is amplified by factors including sun exposure, cigarette smoke, and pollution.
So it perhaps comes as no surprise that people are turning to collagen supplements, such as fish collagen, fish collagen powder or fish collagen peptide, in an attempt to improve the appearance of their skin.
Collagen is what holds our skin tissue together. As we age, the amount of collagen our body naturally produces decreases, meaning that older skin is not as firm or hydrated as younger skin.
Our exclusive MBL 1.0 Range is a collection of collagen sourced from the world’s pristine farming areas using eco-minded practices including sustainable and regenerative protocols.
MBL 1.0 Exclusive Pure Fish Collagen is arguably the world’s ‘best’ type 1 collagen if we take into account how the fish are farmed, the environmental impact, the advanced farming techniques, the molecular weight of the finished collagen powder and lastly the amino acid profile of the product. Our Tilapia fish are fresh-water farmed using extremely advanced organic, regenerative and sustainable practices – ensuring complete environmental integrity. The area where these fish are farmed in the oldest aquaculture region in the world, dating back to over 1000BC - making this particular area the most advanced in the world today. Due to the exceptional and favourable conditions, the end product is one of the purest and highest grade type 1 collagens available, with an unsurpassed low molecular weight and superior amino acid profile.
What are some health benefits of ingesting high-quality fish collagen? Read on to see what the science says.
Collagen can improve the overall health and appearance of the skin.
As we age, the type 1 collagen in our skin (the same kind that’s in fish collagen) weakens, leading to visible signs of ageing including saggy and wrinkly skin. Preclinical studies show that ingesting fish collagen repairs skin collagen and elastin protein fibres and produces a significant thickening of the outer skin surface. Human studies have reported decreased wrinkles and improved skin hydration and firmness following fish collagen supplementation. Further studies show that fish collagen protects against oxidative skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light (sunlight).
Increased Protein Intake and Body Composition
Fish collagen is a pure protein with no fat or carbohydrate to dilute its impact. In addition, the amino acid building block, proline, more than any other amino acid, is needed for whole-body protein synthesis. Therefore, fish collagen’s proline content can help increase lean body mass.
Marine Fish vs Freshwater Fish
At My Beauty Luv, ethics is an integral component in every aspect of our business. If you live on the west coast of Cape Town, you may have seen first-hand the early effect of overfishing of marine fish along the Atlantic seaboard in the recent prevalence of baby seals found along the coastline. Veterinary findings state that starvation is the most likely cause. Seals and other marine predators are forced to expand their hunting territories or starve. By avoiding marine collagen, you’re opting to partner with a brand that supports ethical freshwater fish farming and you’re helping to protect our seals and other vital marine predators like dolphins.
We prefer sourcing freshwater over marine due to the positive and improved sustainability and environmental factors involved in this particular region's fresh farming aquaponics industry.
Fish Collagen vs Bovine Collagen
My Beauty Luv Pure Fish collagen and our Himalayan Collagen are both ethically sourced forms of collagen, with superior amino acid profiles and molecular weights. The benefits of fish collagen and especially MBL 1.0 Fish Collagen is that it has the Lowest molecular weight out of all type 1 collagens and is extremely high bioavailability. This means absorption and assimilation into your body is far easier than most other collagens.
How do you know which one is right for you?
The best collagen for you will depend on your body, so it is worth trying a few different types and comparing their effects. As studies have shown, it can take up to twelve weeks for any effects to be apparent, so keep at it!